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Thursday, June 20 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Sounding the Depths: Documenting the Environment in Bicoastal Collections

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As repositories of material culture, libraries and archives document environmental history both intentionally and serendipitously. By taking a closer look at special collections from the New York Public Library and the University of California at Santa Cruz, presenters will address the research potential of collections for telling the story of human influence on the planet.The first presenter will focus on New York's natural environment, as described in over 350 years of early printed works, specimen books, and contemporary artists' books.  The second will explore the history of urban environmental activism through the archival records of citizens and organizations fighting to preserve New York City’s fragile ecosystem. The final presenter will discuss the 1956-57 partnership of photographers Dorothea Lange and Pirkle Jones to document the death of a small thriving agricultural town in California for the sake of a federal water project, as told through the photography project’s archive and related records.  A throughline of practical patron concerns and outreach will connect the three talks, which combined will foster an introspective look at localized collections and how they can connect to their natural and researcher ecosystems.

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Meredith Mann

Librarian for Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books, The New York Public Library
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Jessica Pigza

Outreach & Exhibits Librarian for Special Collections & Archives, UC Santa Cruz
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Kyle R. Triplett

Rare Book Librarian, The New York Public Library
Kyle R. Triplett is Librarian in the Manuscrcipts, Archives, and Rare Book Division of The New York Public Library. His specialty areas include descriptive bibliography, history of the printed book, and teaching with collections. Kyle is a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute... Read More →

Thursday June 20, 2019 1:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
University Ballroom 1-2